March 13, 2011SAN JOSE STATE PAGE
The San Jose State University men's basketball season continues.After advancing to the 2011 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament semifinal round for the first time, San Jose State accepted an invitation to participate in the fourth annual College Basketball Invitational (CBI) presented by Zebra Pen.In its first appearance in the College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen, San Jose State University will face Creighton University, Tuesday, March 15 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.Presently, the Spartans have a 17-15 win-loss record. The 17 wins are the most for San Jose State since 1981. The Spartans' last game was a 58-54 loss to Western Athletic Conference champion and 23rd-ranked Utah State in Associated Press poll on March 11."Playing in the CBI is another step forward for our basketball program. We had a successful season and are delighted to participate in post-season basketball," says San Jose State head coach George Nessman. "The CBI will be a fun experience for our players, coaches, fans and San Jose State University."San Jose State features All-WAC fifth-year senior guardsAdrian Oliver and Justin Graham. The 6-foot-4 Oliver is a two-time, first-team All-WAC player who is in the top-five in scoring for the second season in a row. Oliver, fourth in 2010, is third nationally in 2011 with his 24.3 points a game average. He holds or shares 13 school records. Graham, another 6-foot-4 senior, is a 2011 honorable mention All-WAC player and an All-WAC Defensive team selection. Graham is the school record holder for career assists and career steals and is averaging 14.3 points a game.San Jose State is making its first appearance in the CBI and a return to national post-season basketball for the first time since the 1996 NCAA Basketball Championship.San Jose State's first-round game, site, opponent and game-time in the 16-team CBI tournament is not yet determined. First-round games are scheduled for March 15 and 16. Quarterfinal and semifinal games take place March 21 and March 23, respectively. The championship series is a 2-out-of-3 format on March 28 and 30 with a final game on April 1, if necessary. HDNet will televise the semifinals and championship series."We're honored and flattered that the Gazelle Group invited San Jose State to participate in the CBI. Our thanks go to Rick Giles and Ray Cella of the Gazelle Group who heard our story about our breakthrough season and offered our basketball program a post-season experience we will remember for a long, long time," says San Jose State director of athleticsTom Bowen. The Gazelle Group, a national sports-marketing firm based in Princeton N.J., produces the CBI. During the college basketball season, the Gazelle Group produces nationally-recognized events such as the 2K Sports Classic, the CBE Classic, the Legends Classic and the All-American Championship.
Courtesy San Jose State media services